Devie Aquino, a QA technician, fits an orthosis for his fractured left ankle on 22 November 2021 at the Employees’ Compensation Commission Regional Office in Calamba, Laguna

On November 22, 2021, the Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC) through its Regional Office in Calamba, Laguna, granted a left ankle orthosis to Devie Aquino, a 41-year-old who has been employed as quality assurance technician in a roofing distribution company.

On March 23, 2019, Aquino provided assistance in roofing manufacturing. While doing the said task, he sustained fracture on his left ankle when a slitted coil fell on his feet. He underwent three operations for the said injury and a metal was implanted in his left ankle.

Due to the said incident, Aquino was granted EC disability benefits by the SSS.

In accordance with Katulong at Gabay sa Manggagawang may Kapansanan (KaGabay) Program, Aquino was provided with free consultation and physical therapy sessions at the Calamba Medical Center from June to August 2019. After 10 sessions, he was able to return to employment in September 2019 but was temporarily assigned to perform menial or light duties.

On July 29, 2019, he was granted EC cash assistance worth ₱10,000. On November 13, 2019, ECC also awarded him with a ₱20,000.00 livelihood starter kit for his rice retail business.

J. Romasanta – REU4A